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Thecla Bodewes Shipyards successfully launches 7.280DWT vessel ‘Vertom Anne Marit’ for Vertom Group

23 november 2023

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards proudly announces the successful launch of the 7.280dwt vessel, MV Vertom Anne Marit, for the Vertom Group, marking another milestone in the maritime industry. The launch ceremony, held at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Kampen, celebrated the strong relationship between culmination of meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge design that went into the creation of this remarkable vessel.


The MV Vertom Anne Marit is the fourth vessel in a series of ten vessels and represents a significant addition to Vertom Group’s fleet, renowned for its commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation in the shipping sector. Built by Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, renowned for its expertise in shipbuilding, this vessel exemplifies the highest standards of maritime engineering and design.

Featuring a diesel-electric propulsion system, the ‘Vertom Anne Marit’ boasts state-of-the-art technology, ensuring maximum fuel consumption efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability. Its advanced design optimizes performance while reducing environmental impact, aligning with the industry’s evolving sustainability goals.

The MV Vertom Anne Marit, part of the Labrax series, was specifically designed by Groot Ship Design and TBSY for a diesel-electric propulsion system. The Labrax series marks an important milestone in the development of sustainable shipping solutions and is therefore fully in line with the ambitions of both the Vertom Group and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards to make a substantial contribution to the transition to an emission-free shipping industry.

The diesel-electric propulsion system on board of the MV Vertom Anne Marit, in combination with the advanced power-management system, minimizes energy losses, reduces overall fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. This desired result has already been proven in the performance of the first three newbuild vessels, MV Vertom Patty, MV Vertom Cyta and MV Vertom Tomma. In addition, the installed propulsion power on board MV Vertom Anne Marit is considerably lower compared to ships of equal cargo capacity and with conventional propulsion. With a length of 118.60m, a width of 14.30m and a full-box cargo hold of 329,700 cuft (7,280 dwt), the Labrax 7280dwt series offers competitive transport solutions.

“We are thrilled to have launched the ‘Vertom Anne Marit’ for Vertom Group, symbolizing a culmination of our dedication to craftsmanship and technological innovation,” said Thecla Bodewes, CEO at Thecla Bodewes Shipyards. “This vessel stands as a testament to our commitment to delivering sustainable solutions that meet the evolving needs of the maritime industry towards zero emission shipping.”

The launch ceremony witnessed the traditional christening, as the ‘Vertom Anne Marit’ was named and blessed by her Godmother Mrs. Anne Marit
Evjen Engø, wife of Tom Engø – manager at Strand Shipping As, marking the vessel’s readiness to embark on its maiden voyage. The event was attended by friends and family of the Godmother, representatives from Vertom Group, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, and other key stakeholders who shared the excitement surrounding this significant achievement.

“The addition of MV Vertom Anne Marit is another step towards a younger and more sustainable fleet for Vertom. We are very pleased with the overall performance of the vessels, which is even better than formerly calculated,” remarked Arjan de Jong, CEO at Vertom. “The collaboration between Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, Groot Ship Design and all Dutch maritime suppliers is going extremely well and sets an example for the importance of Dutch expertise in shipbuilding. We want to thank Anne Marit and Tom Engø for their assistance today and are looking forward to the upcoming six vessels.”

The successful launch of the ‘Vertom Anne Marit’ underscores the collaborative efforts between Vertom Group and Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in shaping the future of maritime transportation. With its innovative features and commitment to sustainability, this vessel together with her sister vessels sets a new standard in the industry.

Vertom Group

The Vertom Group, based in Rhoon (The Netherlands), is an experienced and reliable partner that focuses on professional maritime services and support related to sea transport. Vertom constantly monitors market developments and applies the latest technologies to respond to changing customer needs. The Vertom Group currently operates a modern fleet of over a hundred vessels with a loading capacity ranging from 1,500 to 12,000 DWT.

Over the past 45 years, the Vertom Group has built a strong track record in the Short Sea Shipping market. Their extensive international network enables them to provide tailor-made shipping solutions that meet the specific needs of their customers. Vertom offers solutions for all maritime services, with expertise in Shipping & Trading, Port Agencies & Freight Forwarding, Maritime Services, Tanker Chartering and Liner Services.

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards

Thecla Bodewes Shipyards, headquartered in Kampen (The Netherlands), is a seventh-generation family business with a combined experience in shipbuilding spanning over three hundred years. The shipyard’s focus is on supplying future-proof smart ships that strive for emission-free shipping using innovative sustainable solutions. With more than 200 newbuild vessels successfully delivered to satisfied customers, 20 of which are diesel-electric, LNG-electric and hydrogen-electric, and more than 15 years of experience with diesel-electric propulsion systems, the shipyard has a proven ability to deliver vessels to the highest standards. In addition to innovative multi-purpose short sea vessels, Thecla Bodewes Shipyards also builds shallow water tugs and pushers, modern dredgers and vessels for special purposes.